Men’s trends: The mash-up has changed, but it’s all stayed the ...

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Men’s trends: The mash-up has changed, but it’s all stayed the same

With sweatpants and T-shirts becoming the trend du jour, we ponder the evolution of men’s fashion

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The evolution of mainstream and predominantly cisgender men’s fashion since the beginning of time has essentially been the tale of a gender careening through different expressions of masculinity like a drunk trying to break dance in a shop full of eggs.

At each turn, having got our unmanicured paws on the latest trend du jour, we latched on to something vaguely cool and eventually turned up the volume so loud on it that the trend became little more than a distorted mess  thundering out of our pop-culture speakers. If you look through your parents and grandparents photo albums (those are what people called analogue Instagram accounts) you can’t help but scratch your head, wondering how they went from bland formal shoes to tripping at music concerts in clogs. When we fast-forward a little we find everything and nothing has changed. Like our dads and their dads before them, those of us old enough to remember the show Lesilo Rula often find ourselves staring quizzically at the youth these days in their school-length socks with slops.

That’s men for you. We like to experiment and our history with fashion is a clear example of that. ..

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